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Denver International Airport has vowed to permanently plug all 64 oil and gas wells on its property as part of its new five-year environmental sustainability plan.

Over the years, the airport has used the wells to help fund its main operations — in 2010, the wells brought in $7 million. But by 2017, a decrease in oil and natural gas prices made the wells less lucrative, and in 2018 use of the wells was paused as city officials considered environmental and economic concerns. Since then, the wells have sat idle.

Now, DIA is plugging them up for good in the name of sustainability. The airport will begin looking for a contractor very soon, with hopes of beginning the process by April and having all the wells plugged as early as the tailend of 2023.

The decision was praised by Ean Thomas Tafoya of the environmental group GreenLatinos and by City Council member Amanda Sawyer, who has previously floated the idea of requiring voter approval for any and all drilling and extraction within the city.
[Denver Post]

☀️ Today will be mostly sunny with a high around 80 and some possible afternoon thunderstorms. Starting tomorrow, the rest of the week will dip into the 60s.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


🚓 Denver cops push back against vaccine mandate
Seven Denver police officers are asking a judge to nullify the city’s vaccine mandate, which requires all city employees to get a COVID vaccine by this Thursday or risk losing their job. The motion against the city argues that the mayor cannot “mandate an experimental inoculation as a condition of both private and public employment.” Mayor Hancock said the city has prepared contingency plans if large numbers of officers are terminated for failing to comply with the mandate. A Denver judge is scheduled to hear the case tomorrow morning. [CBS4]

🧑‍⚖️ Denver DA declines to file charges against Tay Anderson
The Denver Police Department has stayed silent throughout the independent investigation into Denver school board director Tay Anderson. Turns out, the department was conducting an investigation of its own. DPD presented its case against Anderson to prosecutors last week, but Denver’s district attorney declined to file criminal charges. Prosecutors concluded that they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Catch up on the Tay Anderson case with this recent episode of City Cast Denver.

❄️ Bundle up, it’s about to get cold
After today’s 80-degree high, temperatures for the remainder of the week will dip into the 60s (something I, for one, am desperately looking forward to). It’s officially fall, but the autumnal weather may only last a week or two. Based on data from the last decade, the average day for the first freeze of the season in Denver falls on Oct. 7, and the first snow on Oct. 18. [KDVR]
👉 What you can do: Don’t forget to blow out your sprinklers! 


Why Our Sidewalks are Broken, Crumbling, and Missing
10 mins
Last week, City Cast Denver Producer Xandra McMahon went on a walking tour of Cap Hill with District 10 councilperson Chris Hinds and Denver Streets Partnership executive director Jill Locantore to talk about the sorry state of Denver's sidewalks, the disproportionate impact it has our disabled neighbors, and what’s stopping us from addressing the problem.

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+ TONIGHT: DAM Curator Talk
Curator Eric Paddock will guide you through the acquisition process and curatorial philosophies of Denver Art Museum’s photography collection, which dates all the way back to the 1930s.

+ WEDNESDAY: Envision: You Art Show
This live art auction will highlight work by LGBTQ+ artists and allies centered on the theme of mental health. The auction will benefit Envision: You’s mission to improve local behavioral health resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

+ THURSDAY: Babi Yar Commemoration
This commemoration ceremony and tribute concert honors the 80th anniversary of the Nazi-led masacre at the Babi Yar ravine in Ukraine.

+ FRIDAY: Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Pumpkin pie, s’mores, scarecrows, tractor rides, and axe throwing — find it all at this weekend-long festival to welcome in fall. 


Photo: Guanella Pass (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

Did you miss your chance to peep some leaves this weekend? Don’t worry, the Denver Post’s team of photographers peeped some for you

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